‘As Many Football Defending Tactics Off the Pitch As On It’

Understanding the Tactics of Football Policing and How to Defend Football Supporters in Criminal and Civil law

Football disorder offences and football banning orders are becoming more common as increased police resources are being funneled into football policing.

Football policing is a distinct area for most police forces and defending football supporters is often very different to defending other types of criminal defendant.

Criminal lawyers will come across football supporter cases in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts, and these cases can involve both criminal law and civil law. Knowing the provisions of the Football Supporters Act in relation to Football Banning Orders is not the whole story when representing football supporters, there are often prejudices of jurors and magistrates that must be overcome.

Fans are increasingly taking civil actions against their clubs due to the retention and dissemination of their personal data, club refusal to allow entrance to disabled persons with crutches and walking sticks, and club exclusion orders and injunctions being taken out by the clubs against fans. Many of these fans are youths and in extra need of protection.

Come along to this free 2 hour training session to learn more about working on football related cases, including:-

  • The specifics of football policing;
  • Criminal and Civil Issues specific to football fans;
  • Section 27 Orders;
  • Football Banning Orders;
  • What is meant by ‘football related’;
  • Update on football disorder cases;
  • Overcoming prejudices towards football fans in the courts;
  • Using the Hillsborough report to assist your case.


AlisonGurden, Barrister, 1 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers, AmandaJacks of the Football Supporters Federation, and Melanie Cooke, Solicitor specialising in defending football fans.

Location: Holborn

Date: 29th November 5-7pm

Attendance is free and worth 2 CPD Points (applied for) for barristers and solicitors.

RSVP gurdena@btinternet.com or @gurdena

About gurdena

Social Justice Barrister, interested in all things contentious & anything criminal justice related including prisoners and complaints against the police. Specialising in criminal law - mainly sex, violence, and football fans (not necessarily all 3 at the same time!). Represents people facing death penalty in the USA. Associate Member at Drystone Chambers Gurdena@btinternet.com Alison.gurden@drystone.com

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